I have a deep appreciation of all things Italian. If you didn’t know me, you may think I am an Italian, due to how much I love and respect many Italian things. I love the country. I dream of visiting the countryside of southern Italy. I love movies that feature actors of Italian decent: Pacino, De Niro, Palminteri, Liotta, Brando, etc. Of course, I definitely love Italian food. The use of meat, veggies, sauce, cheese…you’re definitely speaking my language. Though, I love all things Italian, I am not an Italian. I’m Lebanese. So, technically these won’t be “authentic” meatballs, but they are still very tasty nonetheless. This recipe is a slow cooker recipe. That means prep it, forget it and get other things done…yay!
The things I love about making meatballs are that they are so easy, very tasty and very versatile. If you don’t like an ingredient, you can often substitute it. Want to make it with all pork? Go ahead. Want to use a meat mixture made of pork, veal and beef? Go ahead. This recipe is easy, versatile and will get you some tasty meatballs.
Start out with some breadcrumbs. I grinded up some leftover Italian bread and you can do the same with any bread you have laying around. If you just want to use pre-made breadcrumbs, then go ahead.
Add in the milk, onion, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper and fresh parsley and mix to combine.
Add in the egg and mix to combine. Add in the parmesan cheese and mix to combine.
Add in the meat and fold in to combine.
Pour in the San Marzano tomatoes into pot base of your slow cooker. Gently squish the tomatoes in between you hands. Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, fresh parsley, sugar. Mix just to combine. Add in the toppings you’ll be putting on top of your sub. I’m putting in mushrooms and white onion. Mix until combined. Form your meatballs and place them on top of the sauce. Pour a little more sauce on the top.
Cook on low for 4-5 hours. At the two hours mark take the lid off. With 30 minutes remaining, put the lid back on and continue to cook.
Eat them as you please 🙂